Homemade Ukwaju BBQ Sauce

Homemade BBQ sauce but with ukwaju (tamarind). Just perfect.  Combination of sweet, sour and tangy.

Extremely easy to prepare and needs just a few ingredients.

For the ukwaju paste, you can either make your own by soaking ukwaju in some hot water or you can buy. I used the one by umai organic.

For the BBQ sauce, just combine all the ingredients in a sauce and stir to dissolve the brown sugar. Allow to come to a gentle boil and remove from the heat.

When making your own BBQ sauce you can play around with different spices and herbs. I worked with onion powder but garlic powder is also good or even adding some minced garlic cloves. Rosemary is also a good herb to use.

Once the sauce is done, allow to cool completely before jarring it. Keep refrigerated. It lasts about 2 weeks.

The sauce is perfect for all kinds of meat to use as a glaze for grills. Can also be used as a pizza sauce.

Homemade Ukwaju BBQ Sauce

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  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup ukwaju (tamarind) paste
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • Freshly cracked black pepper to taste


In a medium sauce pan add all the ingredients.

Over medium heat bring to a gentle boil while stirring occasionally.

Simmer for 5 minutes.

Turn off heat.

Allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight jar.

Keep refrigerated. Keeps fresh up to 14 days.


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